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September 3, 2013

Join the Bay View Kinnickinnic Knitters

knitted elvis.jpgCome to Bay View Library for a knitting circle dedicated to expanding knitting skills through the participation of knitters of all experience levels. Bring any knitting project along the first Wednesday of the month for conversation and camaraderie among knitters. Tap into the knitting resources the library has to offer.

Library: Bay View Library
Date: Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Time: 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

September 4, 2012

Join the Bay View Kinnickinnic Knitters this Wednesday!

Well_dressed_pole_-_geograph.org.uk_-_1657285.jpgThe Bay View Kinnickinnic Knitters is a knitting circle dedicated to expanding knitting skills through the participation of knitters of all experience levels. Bring any knitting project along with you the first Wednesday of the month for conversation and camaraderie among knitters. Tap into the knitting resources the library has to offer.

Location: Bay View Library
Date: Wednesday, September 5th, 2012 See calendar for more meetings.
Time: 5:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M.


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July 10, 2012

Come to Bay View Library's Used Book Sale This Saturday!

booksale3.jpgRefresh your book shelves with some gently used titles from the Bay View Library's used book sale this Saturday, July 14th. This book sale is sponsored by the Friends of Milwaukee Public Library. All proceeds will benefit the library.

Library: Bay View Library
Date: Saturday, July 14th, 2012
Time: 9 A.M to 4 P.M.


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June 18, 2012

Register Now for Computer Classes @ Your Milwaukee Public Library!

kingcomputers.jpgRegistration begins today for Milwaukee Public Library's July-August 2012 Free Computer Classes! With knowledgeable instructors and hands-on experience MPL's computer classes are perfect for those with little to no computer experience as well as those looking to learn more about Microsoft Word and Excel by taking our Intermediate classes.
Space is limited so call 414-286-3011 today to reserve your seat. You can also register in person at any Milwaukee Public Library location or online at www.mpl.org.


Sponsored by the Milwaukee Public Library Foundation and American Recovery & Reinvestment Act Award 55-42B10549.


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May 21, 2012

Say Cheese! Digital Photography Classes at Milwaukee Public Library

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Curious about digital photography? Take photographs of the library while learning how to capture terrific images, edit and enhance photos, and manage collections of digital photos.

Classes are held the following dates and times:

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Regristration begins today, May 21st, and ends June 11th. Don't wait, register now!
Call (414) 286-3011, or sign up online at www.mpl.org


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April 16, 2012

Quick Meals for Busy Families at Bay View Library

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Eating healthy when your family is on the go can be tricky. Learn great tips to make quick meals from the nutritionist at Outpost Natural Foods and taste a few samples!

Thursday, April 19, 6-7 p.m.
Bay View Library, 2566 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
No Registration Required
For questions call 286-3011



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April 13, 2012

Smoothie Challenge!

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If you're a teen that missed the opportunity to participate in Bay View library's Smoothie Challenge, don't despair! This event will also be held at Tippecanoe and Washington Park on Monday, April 16, Center Steet on Wednesday, April 18, and Atkinson on Monday, April 30.
Compete against other teams by creating your own healthy and delicious smoothie. Bring your friends and we'll supply the fresh ingredients. This event is free and registration is not required.

For more information call (414)286-3011.



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March 28, 2012

To Be! Shakespeare Here and Now At the Library - Forsooth!

hamlet and skull.jpgIf you enjoy Shakespeare's plays, consider a visit to the library, where the words of William Shakespeare will be brought to life by an actor from the Optimist Theatre in Milwaukee. There will be three one-hour, interactive programs in March at different MPL locations. Audience participation is encouraged. Don't worry if you don't have money to spend on theater tickets. Each event is free and no registration is required. Please contact Ready Reference at (414) 286-3011 with any questions.

Date: Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Time: 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Library: Bay View

Date: Saturday, March 31, 2012
Time: 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Library: Central


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March 12, 2012

Hunger Games Trivia Challenge at Bay View!

TheHungerGamesMockingjay.jpgJoin other fans of The Hunger Games trilogy in celebrating the release of The Hunger Games movie by taking part in a trivia challenge based on the books. Correct answers will bring you rewards, but incorrect ones may bring an uncertain future. There can be only one winner!

Hunger Games Trivia Challenge
Bay View Library, For Ages: 13-18,
2566 S. Kinnickinnic Ave
Thursday, March 22, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Registration Required
Call: (414) 286-3011

Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favor!

Developed by teens, for teens through TAB - MPL's Teen Advisory Board. Sponsored by Best Buy.


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February 13, 2012

Valentine's Day Fun at Milwaukee Public Library!

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Come to the library for fun Valentine's Day crafts, celebrations and Elephant and Piggie stories! Check out the Valentine's Day activities held at various Milwaukee Public Library locations below and have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

Glitter Heart Paintings
Make a special project for the one you love! Create a glitter heart painting for your Valentine and decorate a delicious heart cookie. For children ages 6-12.

Monday, Feb. 13, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Zablocki, 3501 W. Oklahoma Ave

Tuesday, Feb. 14, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Forest Home, 1432 W. Forest Home Ave

Valentine's Day Celebration
Make a creative card or craft this year for family and friends. We will supply the materials and snacks.

Monday, Feb. 13, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Atkinson, 1960 W. Atkinson Ave

Tuesday, Feb. 14, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Villard Square, 5190 N. 35th St.

Elephant and Piggie Valentine's Day Party
Did you know that Gerald and Piggie first met in February? Share the love and celebrate Valentine's Day Elephant and Piggie Style! Activities and crafts will be based on the books by Mo Willems.

Tuesday, Feb. 14, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Bay View, 2566 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.


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February 7, 2012

Come to a Gluten-Free Cooking Demonstration for Families

Gluten Free stamp.jpgLinda Kramer from the Gluten Free Trading Post will present easy, gluten-free recipes that have both kid and adult appeal. Families can learn how to make gluten-free pancakes, pizza and even macaroni and cheese. Sample these recipes at the end of the program. For adults and children ages 4 and older accompanied by an adult. Registration for both adults and children is required. Please call (414) 286-3011 to register.

Library: Bay View
Date: Saturday February 18, 2012
Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM


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January 30, 2012

Black History Month Read-Ins at Milwaukee Public Library

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Join the Milwaukee Public Library in celebrating Black History month by stopping by to hear stories by and about African Americans during our Black History Month Read-ins. Read-ins will occur throughout February at all of our locations. We hope to see you there!


Black History Month Read-In

February 1
Washington Park: 5:30-7 p.m.

February 6
Tippecanoe: 3-5 p.m.
Zablocki: 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Atkinson: 4-6:30 p.m.
M.L. King: 4-6 p.m.
Mill Road: 4-7 p.m.

February 7
Villard Square: 3:30-7:30 p.m.
Capitol: 4-7 p.m.

February 8
Center Street: 4-7 p.m.
East: 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Washington Park: 5:30-7 p.m.

February 11
Bay View: 12-4 p.m.

February 15
Washington Park: 5:30-7 p.m.

February 17
Central Library: 10 a.m.-12p.m.

February 21
Forest Home: 3:30-5:30 p.m.

February 22
Washington Park: 5:30-7 p.m.

February 29
Washington Park: 5:30-7 p.m.


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January 3, 2012

Kids Can Sign Up for the Bucks Reading Challenge Today!

Bucks Reading Challenge.jpgTake the Bucks Reading Challenge! This statewide reading program starts Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012. Students in grades 3-10 can sign up at any Milwaukee Public Library. When you read 500 or more pages by Feb. 28th, you earn a voucher to mail in for a free ticket to a Milwaukee Bucks game! (Parent or guardian must purchase a discounted ticket at the same time). When you read 750 pages or more by Feb. 28, you get the ticket and a chance to win an autographed Bucks basketball or be recognized on the court at halftime!

Anyone interested in finding out more information on the program can call the Central Library Children's Room at 286-3091 for more details, or stop in at any Milwaukee Public Library location for information and to sign up.


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December 20, 2011

The Milwaukee Public Library Will Be Closed This Weekend

Snowy Xmas trees.jpgMake sure you come into your neighborhood library to grab any books you'll want to curl up with over the holiday weekend. All Milwaukee Public Library locations will be closed Friday, December 23rd through Monday, December 26th, of 2011. We hope that you enjoy a safe and peaceful holiday weekend.


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November 7, 2011

Make Your Own Hardware Jewelry at Bay View Library!

hardwarebracelet.jpgYou're unique and your jewelry should be too! Come to the Bay View library for our teen Hardware Jewelry program and learn how to create cute, edgy and fashionable jewelry out of hardware store finds. You'll learn how to make a necklace out of washers or design your own accessory out of every day objects.

Bay View Library, 2566 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
6:00 -7:00 pm
Ages: Teens (12-18)
Materials provided and no registration required!

The picture above is from Alternacrafts, a craft book dedicated to the quirky and unusual. Check it out today, along with the library's many other handicraft titles!


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October 24, 2011

Celebrate Halloween at Milwaukee Public Library!

jack'o'lanterns.pngAre you looking for a safe place to celebrate Halloween in your neighborhood? Look no further than your local library. The Milwaukee Public Library will host programs to celebrate the week of Halloween. Some programs will be for children and others for teens, so make sure you check one out.


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October 3, 2011

Join the discussion of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

immortallifeofhenriettalacks.jpgPart detective story, part scientific odyssey, and part family saga, "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot will be discussed at several libraries. Henrietta Lacks, a young black mother, died from an aggressive cancer in the early 1950s. Without her knowledge, her diseased cells were harvested. These cells proved to be inexplicably immortal and became known as HeLa. HeLa cells were reproduced, bought and sold countless times and contributed to scientific advancements as varied as the polio vaccine, treatments for cancers and viruses, in-vitro fertilization, and the impact of space travel on human cells. The discussions are sponsored by Milwaukee Public Library and the YWCA of Greater Milwaukee. No registration is required.

Date: Tuesday, October 04, 2011
Start Time: 6:15 PM
Library: East

Date: Monday, October 10, 2011
Start Time: 6:30 PM
Library: Central

Date: Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Start Time: 6:15 PM
Library: Mill Road

Date: Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Start Time: 6:15 PM
Library: Bay View

Date: Tuesday, November 08, 2011
Start Time: 6:15 PM
Library: Center Street

Date: Thursday, December 01, 2011
Start Time: 6:15 PM
Library: Washington Park


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September 19, 2011

Register for free computer classes at the library today!

500px-Computer_n_screen_svg.pngBeginning today, the library has open registration for our free computer classes. If you or someone you know has struggled with the basics of internet searching, setting up web based email, or using the Microsoft Office suite, please take advantage of the library's numerous locations that offer free classes for beginners. Enrollment is limited, and registration is already in progress. Call the library's Ready Reference hotline at (414) 286-3011 to register today!


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September 9, 2011

Open House @ Your Library

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Beginning on September 12, several of the neighborhood libraries are hosting open houses. Families can meet library staff while browsing the library's collection of DVDs, CDs and books. Your child can enjoy a snack while making a library card wallet! Come to your local library to see what we have to offer for education and entertainment!

Zablocki Monday, September 12 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Tippecanoe Monday, September 12 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Mill Road Monday, September 12 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Forest Home Tuesday, September 13 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

M.L. King Tuesday, September 13 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Washington Park Tuesday, September 13 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Capitol Tuesday, September 13 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Center Street Wednesday, September 14 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Bay View Thursday, September 15 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


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June 20, 2011

Teen Knitting Program Starts Soon at Bay View

knitted yarn.jpgAre you a teen who would love to knit, but don't know how? Come to the Bay View Library's free three-part class for beginning knitters. Learn how to cast-on, knit, purl and cast-off. Participants will learn how to knit a summer scarf. This program is for grades 6-12. Registration is required. Please call (414) 286-3011 to register.

Dates: June 22nd, June 29th, and July 6th
Time: 4pm to 5pm
Location: Bay View Library


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June 6, 2011

Join the Bay View Book Club this month!

The Help by Stockett Jacket.jpgThere's still time to check out The Help by Kathryn Stockett from the library so you can join the discussion at the Bay View Book Club's June session. The book club meets this month on June 15th from 6:30 pm to 7:30pm.


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May 20, 2011

BFF Knitted Bracelets

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With the end of the school year, why not make your friends something special as a keepsake? Come to Bayview Library on June 11 at 10:00 a.m. to join a knitting workshop and learn a pattern for making stylish yet fairly easy bracelets. This workshop will also teach skills on chart reading, simple twists and yarnovers to expand your crafting capabilities. Come with your friends or come to make new friends.

Registration is required. You can register by either stopping by the Bayview Library or calling (414)286-3000.



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April 11, 2011

Celebrate National Library Week!

Austrian National Library.jpgNational Library Week is a time to celebrate the contributions of libraries, librarians and library workers in schools, campuses and communities nationwide. This year's theme is "Create Your Own Story @ Your Library®". MPL continues to "create its own story" this year by encouraging library customers to use the self checkout kiosks at all 12 neighborhood libraries by holding a raffle at weeks end. Each time an MPL customer uses the self checkout during the week for their library materials, they may complete a raffle entry form. A gift bag will be awarded to a lucky winner at each neighborhood library branch at the end of the week. The re-useable eco-friendly gift bag includes a complimentary membership to the Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library, MPL postcards, a mug, flash drive, Bookworm print, and more. Following the first drawing, the 12 neighborhood winners will be eligible for an additional grand prize
drawing for a behind-the-scenes tour of Central Library.
NOTE: The raffle opportunity will not be offered at Central Library downtown, as the self checkout
option is not available at this time.


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February 28, 2011

The Library Has New and Improved Hours!

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Today MPL begins a schedule of expanded hours at four neighborhood libraries. Those libraries are:

Bay View Library, 2566 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
East Library, 1910 E. North Ave.
Washington Park Library, 2121 N. Sherman Blvd.
Zablocki Library, 3501 W. Oklahoma Ave.

The new hours for each of those locations is as follows.

Monday: 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Tues., Wed., Thurs.: 1:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. - Zablocki ONLY (October - April)


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February 25, 2011

Hats Off to Dr. Seuss!

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Come to Central Library on March 5 to celebrate the 107th birthday of Theodor Geisel - more commonly known as Dr. Seuss! Join Browser the library lion and the Cat in the Hat for music, games and fun! Reel in a good time at the fish pond, meet REAL turtles and take part in silly stories.
Cookie hats will be available to decorate and eat, and have your face painted. Chris Fascione will provide live entertainment at 10:00 a.m. and noon, while Kidsplay will play at 11:00 a.m.
The fun begins at 10:00 a.m. and last until 1:00 p.m.

The celebration continues throughout the month at the neighborhood libraries!

Atkinson - featuring Fox and Branch
Wednesday, March 9, 6-6:45 p.m.

Bay View - featuring Kidsplay
Wednesday, March 9, 6:30-7:15 p.m.

Capitol - featuring Kidsplay
Monday, March 14, 6-6:45 p.m.

Center Street - featuring LaBak the Magician
Saturday, March 19, 2-2:45 p.m.

East - featuring LaBak the Magician
Monday, March 14, 6:30-7:15 p.m.

Forest Home - featuring LaBak the Magician
Tuesday, March 15, 6-6:45 p.m.

Martin Luther King - featuring LaBak the Magician
Wednesday, March 9, 6-6:45 p.m.

Mill Road - featuring Fox and Branch
Monday, March 7, 4-4:45 p.m.

Tippecanoe - featuring Kidsplay
Wednesday, March 16, 6:30-7:15 p.m.

Villard Avenue - featuring LaBak the Magician
Tuesday, March 8, 5:30-6:15 p.m.

Washington Park - featuring Kidsplay
Tuesday, March 8, 6-6:45 p.m.

Zablocki - featuring LaBak the Magician
Saturday, March 12, 1-1:45 p.m.



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January 10, 2011

Bay View Book Club for Adults

Crossing to Safety.jpgIt's not too late to start reading for the upcoming discussion of Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner. This novel set in Depression Era Wisconsin follows the lives of two very different couples and their friendship. This session of the Bay View book club for adults will be on Wednesday, January 19th from 6:30 to 7:30pm.


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December 17, 2010

Create a Twinkie Masterpiece!

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What else can you do with moist, delectable, cream-filled sponge cake also known as a Twinkie? Find out for yourself at Twinkie Masterpieces, held for both kids and teens on January 10 and 12, 2011. This special kids club event will be held at Tippecanoe and Bayview, and the event for teens will also be held at both libraries. Kick- off the new year by making masterpieces out of twinkies and other edible materials. Participants will vote, and awards will be given for the craziest and most delicious looking!
For more information, or if you have any questions, call (414)286-3011.



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December 10, 2010

Young Writers and Illustrators Workshop @ Bay View Library

children's picture.png On Janurary 8, 2011, Bay View Library will host the Young Writers and Illustrator's Workshop. This workshop is intended for children in 1st through 3rd grade. The workshop will teach children how to craft a story and also how to use illustrations to aid in telling the story. Children will be encouraged to create a story and enter it into MPTV's 17th annual PBS KIDS Go! Writer's Contest. Previous years winners' entries will be displayed.

Registration is required for this event due to limited space. Please call (414)286-3011 for more information or to reserve a space for your child.



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October 22, 2010

Halloween Activities @ the Library!

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In addition to the usual trick-or-treat celebration throughout the City of Milwaukee, join in for all-ages Halloween fun at several of the branch libraries. For teens, Bay View library is hosting Scary Movie Night & Costume Party. For kids, there is the Halloween Spooktackular at Washington Park and Martin Luther King Library on Wednesday, October 27 at 5:30 p.m., and Atkinson and Mill Road Library on Saturday, October 30 at 2:00 p.m. The Halloween Spooktackular will feature spooky stories, scary games, crafts and treats. Costumes are encouraged!

Also for kids is the Mad Science Halloween Celebration at Bay View Library on Wednesday October 27 at 6:30 p.m., and Zablocki on Saturday, October 30 at 11:00 a.m. Crazy mad scientists will cooking up some spooky experiements to share with you! Costumes are also encourages for this event! Stretch out the Halloween celebration a couple of days and join us for these fun-filled events!



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September 28, 2010

October Book Clubs

Check out what our neighborhood library book clubs are reading in October and join the discussion!

Tippecanoe Library

Wednesday, October 13 from 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Song Yet Sung by James McBride


Song Yet Sung

East Library

Tuesday, October 19 at 7:00 p.m.
Dreams from my Father by Barack Obama


Dreams from My Father


Bay View Library

Wednesday, October 20 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen


Water for Elephants


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September 23, 2010

Join the After-School Club!

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Are you looking for enriching after school activities for your child or teen? The After-School Club can help! All branch libraries in the city of Milwaukee host after school activities such as crafts, games, arts, dramatic play, and more! The After-School Club offers separate session times for children and teens. Kids and teens can hang out with friends while engaging in fun activities. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the library at (414) 286-3011.



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June 28, 2010

Summer fun @ the library!

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Now that summer is in full swing, are you scrambling for fun, educational activities for your children to participate in? Fortunately, Milwaukee Public Library has a summer activity calender to help you figure it all out! For young children, all branch libraries as well as Central host the Preschool Story Time. Children of all ages have a choice of several programs and activities, including performances, games, and other fun activities! All the libraries also have awesome activities for teens such as Wii gaming, Book Bingo, Teen Jeopardy, ice cream socials and more! So check out the calendar and take your kids to your favorite branch for summer fun!
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June 29, 2010

Used Book Sale @ Bay View

booksale2.jpgBay View Library will be hosting a used book sale on Saturday, July 10 from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

The sale is sponsored by the Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library, and all proceeds benefit the library.

Friends members may enter the sale 30 minutes before the general public with current membership card.


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May 19, 2010

The Civility Solution: What to Do When People Are Rude

The civility solution.jpgRudeness can put a real damper on your day. Nobody likes being ignored by a sales clerk, honked at by an impatient driver, or being disrespected by someone talking loudly on a cell phone. In The Civility Solution, author P.M. Forni writes about the importance of civility in today's busy world and suggests ways to deal with rudeness in more than one hundred different situations.

Join your friends and neighbors to discuss this book at the Bay View Library, 2566 S. Kinnickinnic Avenue on Wednesday, May 19 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.


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March 1, 2010

Get Your Game On @ The Library!

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Calling all teens ages 13-18! Stop into one of your participating neighborhood libraries on selected dates in March for the Super Smash Brothers Gaming Tournament. This gaming tournament is hosted by the Teen Advisory Board and sponsored by the Helen Bader Foundation. Teens can choose to compete at Bay View, Forest Home, Martin Luther King, Jr., or Mill Road for a chance to qualify for the finals at Central Library. Test your gaming skills for a chance to win bragging rights as well as prizes! Snacks will be provided, so come on over to get your game on!


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February 7, 2010

Quilting Bee in the Style of Gee's Bend Quilters

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For the month of February, several of the neighborhood libraries are hosting an arts and crafts program inspired by the women of Gee's Bend and their famous quilts. Children will create their own quilt pattern using cut paper and other art supplies while they learn about these famous women and the historical significance of their quilts. This program is for children ages 5-12. Advanced registration is not necessary. Children and their parents may simply come into any of the participating libraries to create works of art based on the beautiful quilts of Gee's Bend.


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January 25, 2010

Drop-In Job Help!

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Need help creating a resume or filing out an online job application? Stop by one of our drop-in job help workshops! This program, funded through a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant and made possible with funds from Northwestern Mutual Foundation, provides assistance to individuals searching for jobs. A job trainer specialist is available to help you learn how to complete online job applications, write a resume online, search online job listings and obtain a free e-mail account. Drop -in job help is available at:
Central Library : Tuesdays 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Fridays 9:00a.m.-12:00p.m., and Saturdays 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Atkinson Library: Tuesday 1:00 p.m. - 4:00p.m.
Bay View Library: Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Forest Home Library: Monday 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Martin Luther King:Monday 1:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m.


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November 13, 2009

Manga & Anime at Bay View Library

Crave all things Anime and Manga?

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Come to Bay View Library on Thursday, November 19 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. for a night of anime, manga, and fun activities!

Entries from last month's YA Manga Drawing Contest will be on display and open for People's Choice Judging! Snacks will be provided.

Sponsored by the MPL Teen Advisory Board, funded by the Helen Bader Foundation.


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October 14, 2009

Build a Better Brain Through Book Jacket Bingo

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Did you know that getting together with friends and playing games is good for your brain health? Celebrate Teen Read Week by playing a special teen edition of Book Jacket Bingo with a Read Beyond Reality theme. It's your chance to have fun, win prizes and discover some out-of-this-world reads.

Capitol Library 3969 N. 76th St 414.286.3006 Monday, Oct. 19 4 - 5 p.m.

Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave. 414.286.3091 Monday, Oct. 19 4 - 5 p.m.

Bay View Library, 2566 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. 414.286.3019 Thursday, Oct. 22 6 - 7 p.m.

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July 6, 2009

Friends Used Book Sale in Bay View

The Friends will hold their next used book sale on Saturday July 11 at Bay View Library, 2566 S. Kinnickinnic Avenue, from 10:00am to 4:00pm. All proceeds benefit the Milwaukee Public Library. Friends members can shop early (beginning at 9:30am) with a valid membership card.

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For information on how to join the Friends click here. Other sales scheduled for Central Library are September 19 and November 21.

Note: This sale occurs during the annual South Shore Frolics parade on S. Kinnickinnic, which begins at 11:00 a.m. Please plan your travel route accordingly.


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March 17, 2009

Building A New Tomorrow

The Buddha advised that he who envies others does not obtain peace of mind.
I would quibble with that bromide by adding that the Buddha never had pals who had the good luck to work in the heavenly Bay View or Washington Park Libraries.

Former City Librarian Kate Huston (uncompromising in her aesthetic and a champion of forward-thinking architecture) had the good sense to hire Milwaukee’s own genius-architect Joy Peot-Shields to design both buildings. You hardly have to be a blind acolyte of contemporary design to appreciate what Ms. Peot-Shields accomplished with an ugly, neglected little corner on Kinnickinnic Avenue in 1993:
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Bay View Library was designed to resemble a lantern of learning atop a hill.
When you enter this little gem with it’s southern and western walls of glass, you can feel your body inhale the natural elements, like sitting in a forest clearing on a warm summer evening.

Washington Park Library overlooks Washington Park at the busy intersection of N. Sherman Blvd., W. Lloyd St. and W. Lisbon Ave. and smiles at the old-world Revolutionary War hero Frederick William von Steuben on the boulevard. The building’s high-tech energy conservation system (including radiant in-floor heating and geothermal heat pumps) is uber-cool. The glassy, double-canopied entrance wraps around the northern corner and the inside atrium sports an enormous steel and glass sculpture by artist Steve Feren. The work is entitled “Megaphor” which is a nod to the megaphone and information transmission. I think it looks like a rocket ship. See what you think:
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It’s Women’s History Month, and Milwaukee owes Ms. Huston and Ms. Peot-Shields an enormous debt of gratitude. If you’re a New Urbanist looking for yeasty, cutting edge-intellectual culture and lovely green architecture rising from the ashes of the old city, drop by both of these treasures. Go inside and meet dear Christopher, Enid, Mike and Tony, Lisa, Opal and Kenya, Ashley, and the lovely Irene. Tell those lucky-ducks I say hello.


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March 13, 2009

Fit For Life @ MPL

Keeping your brain healthy is just as important as keeping your heart healthy!

Did you know that playing board games keeps your brain healthy and can lower your risk of developing dementia? Having fun with games activates strategic, spatial, and memory parts of the brain.

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If you are looking for ways to get healthy and stay fit, start at your library!

Drop in to play games, enjoy nutritious snacks, discover the Nintendo Wii, and receive health information. All ages welcome!

Bay View Library
Saturday, March 21
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Martin Luther King Library
Saturday, March 28
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

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November 9, 2007

Want to go to college? This should help!

A college education is becoming more and more important these days. Unfortunately, it's also getting more and more expensive.
For anyone who is interested in going to college, but isn't sure how to afford it, Financial Aid 101 at the Bay View Library is a great place to get started, and get some questions answered.
The program is being put on by the Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation. It takes place Wednesday, November 14, from 6:00-7:30 p.m.

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